How Manchester United should line up vs Sociedad – Europa League

Eric Bailly Man United

Manchester United won the Europa League title back in 2017 under the management of Jose Mourinho. Since then, the Red Devils have mainly struggled in Europe.

Despite performing well in the Premier League, the Old Trafford outfit were knocked out of the Champions League, Europe’s elite competition, and will feature in the first KO round in the second tier tournament tomorrow. Their opponents are Real Sociedad.

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If Man City win tonight then they will be 9 points clear at the top of the table and in all fairness, the title race should be considered over.

So, Solskjaer must take the Europa League seriously. We were average in the last league game against West Brom and therefore, Ole should make amends by making necessary changes.

Lindelof was not strong enough against the Baggies and his error led to the opening goal of the game. The Swedish international has been criticized lately and he should be dropped for the fixture vs the La Liga side.

Ivorian international, Eric Bailly, has been in and out of the starting XI due to injury concerns but when fit, he has arguably been our best central defender. So, the former Villareal man should return to partner captain Maguire.

Sociedad are weak at the back and we must get our fullbacks forward to attack. Therefore, Alex Telles must be given the nod ahead of a more defensive fullback Luke Shaw.

David De Gea has been out of form as well, therefore, it will not come as any surprise to see English goalie Dean Henderson start in between the sticks vs Sociedad.

In the attacking third, we are just not the same side if Bruno Fernandes is excluded from the starting XI. Hence, the Portuguese international, who has been our best player since he moved to the club back in January 2020, must start in his preferred No.10 role.

Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani must start as the lone center forward up front ahead of the former Sporting CP playmajer.

As far as the wide attacking positions are concerned, Marcus Rashford would retain his place in the starting XI but he should play on the left flank. On the other end, Martial, who has been highly average this season, must be replaced. It will not be a surprise to see Greenwood start on the right wing.

Here is how Manchester United should line up with Real Sociedad: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; McTominay Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani.

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